Henry Charles Crane, 80, of Silsbee, born November 20, 1939 in Whitehall, LA to Azalea Dupre Crane and Henry Wesley Crane, went to home to join his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Charles was above all a dedicated God-fearing man of principle and these characteristics were evident in each stage of his life. From his service to our country in the US Army to his lifelong walk with the Lord, the example that Charles set for those around him is truly to be envied. As a younger man Charles worked as a carpenter and was a proud member of the Local Carpenters Union for many years. After living in Texas for several years, a friend would pass along a phone number that would forever change Charles’ life for the better; after an unexpected phone call Betty Lois Sirmons agreed to meet Charles for the first time and 51 years later their love story is still something that brings a quick smile to her face. As Charles built his life with Betty, he continued his work as a carpenter building two homes for them over the course of their lives. By the time Charles and Betty’s youngest child, Angelia was 12 years old Charles had received his calling to be an evangelist and even found the One Way Apostolic Church in Silsbee. Whether it was preaching the word, working with his hands or leading his family Charles trusted God to guide his steps and help him make the best choices in life. A great Daddy to all those he could be, Charles believed in raising a child up in the way they should go and was the embodiment of a parent’s unconditional love for his children. Always ready to help anyone he could, Charles was a kind and giving man that loved people. As he grew older and stepped down from the ministry at his church, Charles energies and efforts were rechanneled into his other life-long passion of gardening. The love and tender care he spent tending his garden could only be rivaled by his love and devotion to his wife, children, and beloved grandchildren. While Charles will be missed for all these characteristics and the guidance he could be depended on to give, knowing he is home with his Lord gives a peace beyond measure.
Left to carry on the memory and legacy of Henry Charles Crane is his beloved wife of 51 years, Betty Lois Crane; his daughter, Angelia Frazier and husband Michael; his daughter, Vicky Spell and husband Harold; his son, Stephen Minter; his daughter, Kathy Dotson; his grandchildren: Lauren Frazier, Caleb Frazier, Joey Garcia, Jeremy Spell, Alan Spell, and Tristan Dotson; great-grandchildren: Bella Garcia and AJ Garcia; his church family and numerous friends and colleagues over the years.
Preceding Henry Charles Crane in death are his parents, Azalea Crane and Henry Wesley Crane.
To honor the life of Henry Charles Crane the family will be having private services prior to laying Charles to rest in Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger, TX.
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